Over the weekend, 15 new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo brought the total case count to 736. Amid a spate of new cases across multiple locations, neighboring South Sudan began vaccinating first responders and health workers yesterday.   The latest…

Scientists puzzling over how Ebola Zaire, the cause of West Africa's deadly outbreak, made it to region have found an important clue in a greater long-fingered bat likely infected with the strain, Science reported.

Over 24 million people in Yemen now require humanitarian assistance, amid a crisis that the UN has called “catastrophic”—and virtually zero funds are allocated for treating HIV and AIDS.   The conditions already carry a heavy stigma in the country, with most HIV-positive…

Ebola could be taking aim at Goma, home to 1 million—a nightmare scenario health officials are scrambling to prevent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

George Washington School of Medicine researchers have successfully used CRISPR/Cas9 in animal models to reduce harm caused by the parasites behind schistosomiasis and liver fluke infections. The worms, which enter the body by burrowing into the skin (schistosomiasis) or via…

Concerns over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have obscured a potentially much bigger threat: Pyongyang’s active pursuit of biological weapons. Germ production is lower-profile and less expensive than traditional weapons, and easily disguised in everyday products. One…

The interests of pregnant women must be addressed in the fight against Lassa fever, urge a trio of bioethicists.  

Security problems plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response have been well documented, but Miriam Shuchman details some of the less-covered logistical challenges undermining the fight.   Linking cases to a known chain of transmission has proved to be a…

A vaccine against fatal pregnancy malaria passed a phase 1 human-testing trial, according to promising results from Danish researchers.  

Around a decade ago an antibiotic-resistant infection began spreading in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. NYU School of Medicine researchers learned that in Orthodox-associated zip codes, kids’ risk of antibiotic-resistant CA-MRSA—community-acquired methicillin-…